First off, I want to commend WW Chan's customer service. Â They were very polite and accomodating at the fitting session in Beverly Hills, and always very prompt in returning emails and resolving any problems. Â Further, I was told when the shirt would ship, and true to their word, my first shirt arrived via FedEx before Christmas. Â I am to comment on the fit of this shirt, so that the measurements of subsequent shirts can be tweaked. Â Thus, I would appreciate any comments on the fit from you. Front: Rear: Candid of me asking for my camera back: *btw, the camera adds ten pounds... Review: Fit: After an immediate laundering and pressing, it was time for my first fitting. Â Overall, I am very happy with the fit...I think that wearing a well-fitting shirt to the initial measuring session helped very much. Â My MTM shirt differs from a RTW shirt in a few ways: My right shoulder needs to be slightly longer than the left, the right sleeve needs to be longer than the left, and my shoulders are square. Â Each of these were perceived during the measuring section without my prompting. Â Changes that I'll request in fit: I'll ask that the sleeves be shortened by 3/8" on each side, and that the waist be increased 2". Â I might even ask for an additional 1" in the chest. Â I had asked for a very slim fit, but regret it...uh, I may need room to grow a bit. Collars and cuffs: The collars and cuffs are not to my liking. Â The interlining is thin, yet ridgid - kind of plastic feeling. Â I tend to like more substantial collars that are soft...think Battistoni or Kiton...an interlining that feels like cotton. Â However, they look great, even without stays. Â The collars and cuffs are fused and very easy to iron. Buttons: I asked for extra thick MOP buttons, but am unsure whether I received them on my shirt. Â I've asked for confirmation, but haven't heard back yet. Â The buttons I received are of average quality. Â The luster of the buttons doesn't even approach that of my Borrelli, Barba, Truzzi, etc. Â They simply don't shine as bright. Â There is also a slight yellowish tint to them, and they are not polished on both sides. Fabric: I very much like the fabric. Â Unfortunately, I cannot remember the mill name, but they are of the high end of the fabrics Chan carries, I believe it's 2x100, retail $110/shirt. Â Very nice hand...it's soft and lightweight, but feels durable and like it'll get softer over time. Â I'm very happy with my selection. Construction: I think that the shirt is constructed very well. Â The buttons seem attached by hand...each button wrapped at the shank. Â The single needle tailoring throughout the shirt is decently fine in stitch size. Â Pattern matching at the shoulder and gauntlet is perfect. The side gusset resembles a Truzzi's - a small piece of self-fabric is sewn only on the interior side. Seams are very neat. Conclusion: Overall, I am happy with my shirt, and will likely order more when the need arises. Â I'm confident that the fit can be tweaked to fit me very well. Â Customer service and lead time are excellent. Â My only criticisms are the button and collar/cuff interlining quality. Â Considering the fact that RTW shirts are seldom long enough in the sleeves for me, I think Chan presents a very viable alternative and a good value. Any comments appreciated.
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